Bakrid


Bakr-id or Eid al Adha known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the important feast festivals in Islam culture. It is also referred as Eid ul Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, Hari Raya Haji or Eid Qurban or Qurban Bayarami. This festival falls in the twelfth and the final month in the Islamic calendar. Bakrid festival commemorates Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything for the Almighty.
Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day in the month of ‘Dhu al-Hijjah’. Since the exact day of the festival is decided based on the lunar sightings the date may vary between countries with different geographical locations. Eid festival is also known as Al Eid Al Kabeer, meaning the 'Grand Eid' that lasts for about four days and the day of Eid Al Fitr is observed as a public holiday in many countries.

Bakrid 2023

Thu , 29th Jun 2023

History and Tradition of Eid Al Adha 

Eid al-Adha commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's (Abraham) ultimate willingness to abide by God’s order. According to the Holy Quran, Prophet Ibrahim had a recurring dream of slaughtering his own beloved son, Ismael, to fulfil celestial wish of the Almighty. The Prophet addressed this dream to his son, explaining how everything already belongs to God, and Ismael who was just as much a man of God, agreed with his Prophet father to comply with the divine sacrifice. Regardless of various attempts to dissuade Prophet Ibrahim, he was determined to make the sacrifice. When he proceeded with the sacrifice, pleased Allah sent Jibreel (Angel Gabriel), an Archangel carrying a sheep for the sacrifice/slaughter. Angel Jibreel told the prophet that the Almighty Allah is pleased with his sincere devotion and sent the sheep to be sacrificed in place of Ismael. This important event in Prophet’s life marking the depth of devotion is celebrated as Bakrid. Ever since cattle sacrifice has been a major part of Bakrid. In Egypt, this festival is called Eid Al Lahma, which traslates to 'meat Eid'.

Eid al-Adha also concludes the annual Hajj Pilgrimage to Holy Mecca. This festival also marks the act of giving charity. People donate in the form of food, money, or clothes to the poor. 

During the feast of Eid Al Adha, cattle is sacrificed re-enacting Ibrahim's absolute devotion. The family eats one third of the meal, a third is presented to friends and family, and the remaining third is offered as donation to the poor and needy. People also host Eid parties and prepare a large spread of meat-based recipes adding flair to the festivities. Wealthy families usually provide one animal for sacrifice. However, if the family is poor, seven or up to seventy families can contribute to sacrifice one animal on this auspicious day. Two thirds of the sacrificed meat is shared with the poor and only one third is consumed by the family.

Bakrid festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Monday, 12th of August

2020

Saturday, 1st of August

2021

Wednesday, 21st of July

2022

Sunday, 10th of July

2023

Thursday, 29th of June

2024

Monday, 17th of June

2025

Saturday, 7th of June

2026

Wednesday, 27th of May

2027

Monday, 17th of May

2028

Friday, 5th of May

2029

Tuesday, 24th of April